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One of my senior students has vertigo (a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning surroundings). This can present problems with our advanced Shorin-Ryu kata, many of which have 180 degree spinning sequences.

The other day I told my student, "You should become an expert of Naihanchi." There are no turns in the Naihanchi series of three kata.

Vertigo should not stop a student from practicing Karate. If the student can become an expert of Naihanchi, he will become an expert indeed!


Charles C. Goodin